Laminate flooring is a popular floor choice in most residential areas because of its durability and low maintenance. That being said, without proper information, buying and installing this easy-to-handle flooring can prove to be a nightmare for many. Laminate can be a permanent feature in your household; that is not something that you plan on changing every few months and as such it’s important to get the basics right lest you regret your flooring choice for a long time. Below is a list of do’s and don’ts that you should keep in mind when purchasing, installing and cleaning your laminate flooring.

 

Do’s:

  • Assess the room or area in which you intent to install the laminate flooring. How is the foot traffic? Does it get tones of moisture in the room or does it get lots of spills like in a kitchen or a bathroom? This will all help you in choosing the AC rating for your laminate flooring and picking one that offers the most resistance to moisture, stains and wear and tear from frequent traffic.
  • Pick a good quality underlayment that is moisture proof
  • Carefully read the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer and hire a professional to help with the installation if you are uncertain on how to go about it.
  • Make sure that the subfloor is clean, level and in good form.
  • Once you have started installation, remember to leave a 10mm gap around the laminates’ perimeter. This is because laminates expand in size depending on the room temperatures and this gap gives them enough room for expansion.
  • Once the floor has been ‘laminated’ maintenance is key. One quick and easy way is to mop out any spills as soon as they happen.
  • Frequently vacuum or sweep the laminate flooring paying attention to corners and under any appliances to clear out any dust or dirt.
  • If there are any heavy furniture or appliances on the floor, make a point of lifting them instead of pushing or dragging them as this can leave scratch marks on the floor. You can also put protective pads beneath the furniture to limit abrasion on the laminate
  • Keep the blinds closed during high temperature seasons. Direct sunlight on your flooring can make it fade.

 

Don’t:

  • Install laminate flooring on an uneven subfloor
  • Install laminate flooring over a carpet or in areas that are exposed to excessive moisture such as bathrooms or laundry rooms.
  • Proceed with the installation process if your first row is anything but straight. This first row forms the foundation for the entire installation.
  • Install double layer of underlayment. Too much cushioning can cause laminate plants to separate destroying the integrity of the floor.
  • Use abrasive cleaners or apply polish and wax on your laminate flooring as this will ruin the aesthetic appeal of your laminate flooring.
  • Use soap detergents or the common “mop and shine” cleaners to clean your laminate floor.
  • Try to sand, finish, seal or varnish your laminate flooring.
  • Pour too much water on the floor when cleaning. Excessive moisture can seep into the subfloor and cause warping.